By Aili Aarelaid-Tart,Li Bennich-Björkman

This e-book brings jointly existence tales from 5 generations of Balts, residing in the course of the assorted and habitual changes of the twentieth century: occupations, conflict, independence, totalitarianism, and democratic rule and industry economic climate. The twentieth century heritage of the Baltic nations has usually been deeply tragic. mendacity at the sea coast of the Baltic Sea, those fairly small yet strategically good situated territories have traditionally chanced on themselves in the course of many strength struggles among greater states, empires and different power-holders: the Teutonic Knights, Swedish kings, Tsarist Russia, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union. this present day, they're once more pressured to face as much as the Russian Federation.


Biographical interviewing is a box interested by members, and on how these contributors decide to re-create and current their lived lives, make that means of it during the narratives they inform. To interpret the biographical narrations of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians, formed through complicated and arguable ancient historical past, the authors use Pierre Bourdieu’s proposal of social and cultural capitals, the foundations of Erving Goffman’s framing research and Alessandro Portelli’s contrast of non-public and public spheres, Anton Steen’s investigations of post-Socialist elites and Piotr Sztompka’s thought of cultural trauma, and so forth. Given analyses of specific biographical narrations are supplemented by means of short ancient and sociological overviews, which enable the reader to higher comprehend the contexts of lived lives, and the psychological surroundings within which the interviews have been performed.

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